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Kristin Hersh The Grotto UK CD album
Kristin Hersh took the occasion of resurrecting her pioneering alternative band Throwing Muses after a seven-year hiatus to simultaneously issue this hauntingly spare new chapter of her solo career. Bringing her music full circle, it's an effort that offers both stark contrast with the Muses' traditions and a continuation of the acoustic flirtations of 1998's Strange Angels. Colored by Hersh's austere, Ry Cooder-like acoustic guitar and the gorgeous, if all-too-occasional violin flourishes of Andrew Bird, Hersh's breathy, evocative vocals waltz along the edge of the abyss, delivering typically angst-ridden concerns with wry poetic license ("That's the way the cookie bounces") and no small amount of dramatic chutzpah. Hersh has also masterfully tamed her potent vocal quirks here, using them to tease one moment and hypnotize the next. Wed to the delicate musical framework offered up by Giant Sand's Gelb and Bird, it's a moody daydream of an album. --Jerry McCulley
picked this up today at a record show just on the strength of Kristin's more 'rock' things.
what you DO get on this disc are Kristin's, as always, inspiring vocals and... Read more
Kristin Hersh's work straddles that seemingly impossible line that very few, very talented, musicians walk. Read morePublished on February 16, 2006 by Leonard G. Rizzolo
As Kristin's last solo effort, "Sunny Border Blue," is my favorite album of all time, I bought this one with some trepidation. Would it measure up?
Well, it did. Read more